9th Annual #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party

9th annual! #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party. September 1-30, 2023

September 1-30, 2023

Every year the #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party takes on a life of its own. When I first launched this project 9 years ago, I had no idea it would continue to fuel celebration of women directors and their work the way that it has. 

It’s a D-I-Y initiative, which means that film lovers who feel inspired to join in do so in their own ways. Some have launched major film festivals! Some organize gatherings. Others intensify their #DirectedbyWomen Film Viewing Practices throughout the month—on their own or with others. We never know what’s going to happen! 

How will you celebrate this September?

I’ll engage in several #DirectedbyWomen Film Feasts, where I’ll watch as MANY films as I can in a 12 hour period. And I’ll make sure to watch something (short or long) every day during the month, even on busy work days with long commutes. I’ll keep a list at Letterboxd. I’ve added some films to spark my film viewing possibilities. You might find some options there or in my many other Letterboxd lists to inspire you.

I’ll share about what I’m watching on my Patreon page and on Threads as well. I will be posting more actively on Patreon in September than I normally do throughout the year. I hope it feels enlivening. If you feel inspired to support the #DirectedbyWomen global initiative, please visit Patreon to chip in $1 (or more). It will be very helpful. Thanks in advance.

Please share about what you choose to watch. Part of the fun of the global party has always been the feeling of connection that builds. I know that the shaking up of the social media landscape has disrupted that sense of togetherness, but we will do what we can to build community. Invite friends to participate. It’s quite fun when you dive in.

Highlights of this year’s global party… 

Directed by Women Spain

For the ninth time #DirectedbyWomenSpain joins the global celebration in multiple cities!

45 cineastas se suman a esta fiesta internacional del cine dirigido por mujeres 🎬💜

September 7-10
Cineteca Madrid 

Directed by Women Spain 2023 Madrid

September 11-13
Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla 

Directed by Women Spain 2023 Sevilla


Our September 2023 MIXOLOGY screens short films directed by women celebrating the power of art in honor of the Directed by Women Global Celebration.

September 17 at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT
Virtual: register
here (free)

Directed by Women Mixology 2023

Directed by Women Turkey

Once again #DirectedbyWomenTurkey celebrates the global party with an amazing short film festival. This year the event includes workshops!

September 22-24
Yeldeğirmeni Sanat 

Directed by Women Turkey 2023

I’m so MOVED by the amazing events that the #DirectedbyWomen global initiative has inspired. I hope each moment of this 9th annual worldwide film viewing party heightens appreciation for the work women directors bring into the world.

Thanks for your generous support of and participation with this initiative! I greatly appreciate it.


Barbara Ann O’Leary
Catalyst, #DirectedbyWomen